Tidsoptimism: Underestimating the Time for Tasks

vocabularyIt’s About Time by Valorie Burton has opened my eyes to ways I have been choosing to use my time.  There are several tendencies, which I’ve worked to change over the years, that lead to poor use of the limited resource of time.  Yesterday was a prime example of how I have not conquered one tendency, tidsoptimism, which means that I’m so optimistic about how quickly I can accomplish tasks, I end up being late.

timeIronically, being optimistic can be detrimental.  My goal in the mornings is to have our family read scriptures before my husband leaves for work at 7:15.  Since my son and I wake up naturally around 6 and my husband is ready by 6:30, the only missing link is my daughter.  Months ago, we started getting her up via reveille played on my husband’s phone.  Yesterday was no exception.  However, when she came out for scripture reading, the boys were unavailable so I recommended she start her laundry

That was my mistake because it didn’t take only 1 minute for her to grab the basket, turn on the washing machine, put in the detergent, and load her clothes.  By the time the boys were ready, my daughter was still absent.  [Cue hand on forehead emoji.]

Solution: become more pessimistic, in other words more realistic, about how long an activity will be.  By acknowledging the distractions and other delays before choosing a task, we are more likely to stay on schedule.  Another solution is to allow some breathing room in the schedule.  My daughter and I could have sat and conversed while waiting for the boys to arrive.  Patience is good.

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